Greek Street Vol. 1: Blood Calls for Blood Paperback – March 16, 2010
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- Publisher : Vertigo; First Edition (March 16, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 140122573X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401225735
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.62 x 0.3 x 10.18 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #550,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Milligan's "Greek Street: Blood Calls For Blood" takes a concept that, on the surface, could have been horribly pretentious and executes it rather brilliantly; essentially, he takes the great tales of Greek Tragedy and transposes them onto the mean streets of a contemporary metropolis: Oedipus becomes Eddie; The Furies become the Fureys; Dedalus is now a put-upon police detective hunting a mysterious killer; and Cassandra becomes Sandy - the mentally deranged daughter of peer of the realm and notorious sybarite, Lord Menon (Agamemnon). But there are still more pieces to this puzzle, as we are made aware, courtesy of the words of Lord Menon and the omnipresent and all-seeing "Greek Chorus", who is personified in this story by a gorgeous stripper who works in one of the Furey's establishments (and who, in the tradition of the Greek chorus in ancient theatre, opens each issue/act with a recap of what has gone before), that the Greek myths with which we are familiar also exist in this universe, that the characters are aware of them, and that they seem to be hostage to the whims of implacable fate and that at least some of them are aware of this. Half of the fun with this first volume is trying to work out exactly whether these characters are reincarnated souls, cogs in some eternal machine or both.
Davide Gianfelice's artwork can best be described as "serviceable" in that it suits the story and those familiar with Hellblazer will recognize the familiar flourishes that have become aesthetic short-hand for distinguishing the streets of contemporary London from that of, say, New York. I must admit, as someone who has been out drinking on the streets of Soho on more occasions than I care to remember, I had to take issue with Gianfelice's depiction of Soho; largely because it's too clean (there is always rubbish lying around on the streets there); the streets themselves are too wide; none of Soho's more notorious establishments (such as the Raymond Revuebar) really make an appearance; and because there weren't nearly enough shaven-headed gay guys populating the frames (Soho, like most enclaves of naughtiness the world over, has been a hothouse of metropolitan gay culture for years).
"Blood Calls For Blood" makes a promising start with a fascinating premise and I look forward to seeing where Peter Milligan will take us on this journey. And if there aren't program commissioners at the BBC, HBO and Channel 4 looking to spin this comic book off into an adult drama series as we speak, then maybe we really are at the mercy of those cruel, unsparing fates, after all.
The Good: Milligan did a pretty good job of updating these stories, unfortunately, he does so WAY too graphically.
The Bad: The art is very hit and miss. For every detailed character, there's another with squiggles for a face.
The Ugly: How graphically the Oedipus story is told. I don't need to see a dude and his mom yelling at each other in the nude once they figure out they are related. This book has a serious sleeziness to it.
I had to re-read the first chapter because I was so astounded by what I should have seen coming. Only in the modern milieu of gritty urban life can we see how amazingly depraved the original greek stories were. Its a bit like reading Crumb's version of the Bible. Only in graphic form do you realize how twisted the stories are. Sure, some of the allusions are a bit too "on-the-nose" but Milligan is just hammering home his point for those that have never read Oedipus or Agamemnon.
The artwork pops in this volume as well, perfectly portraying a seedy, dark, sexy vision of the urban underworld. The use of colors- vibrant reds, purples and oranges create an ominous mood. I haven't been this excited and surprised by a book since "Fables" or "Last Man."
This book just sizzles!
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Le scénario de Peter Mulligan (Hellblazer) est intéressant, en tentant de faire un parallèle inquiétant avec certaines bribes de la mythologie grecque en prenant des références de noms et de situations ici et là mais le tout à sa propre sauce. Les dessins, par ailleurs pas mauvais, ne permettent pas toujours de faire la distinction entre les différents personnages présents et cela rend la lecture extrêmement confuse. Par contre l'ambiance noire, pour ne pas dire gore est plutôt pas mal gérée.
Néanmoins la série se met seulement en place et pourrait donner d'excellentes suites avec un fil conducteur plus clair. A suivre donc
Vu les scènes dénudées et certains passages bien gores, en plus d'un contenu en rapport avec l'inceste (puisqu'Oedipe était grec) le livre est à recommander uniquement aux adultes avertis